I think it is a good beginners car. I find it very easy to control. It does have a little problem with speed when going uphill, but what do you expect with an older 4cyl car. Yes it is a little hard getting used to the fact there isn't much legroom for anyone but the driver but all in all I personally think its a great car.
Lights and windshield wipers are easily reached without taking a hand off of the steering wheel
It could use more leg room and more reliable parts for things that are probably adjusted almost daily such as seat adjustment levers.